Weave is a peer-reviewed, open access, web-based publication featuring articles on user experience design for librarians and professionals in related fields. Our editorial board consists of recognized experts in the field of library UX, and our editorial philosophy is to strive for a balance between theoretical and practical topics.
Our first issue will be out summer 2014.
Call for Papers
We are looking for two kinds of work:
- Full length, scholarly articles of relevance to UX in libraries. We are interested in publishing innovative and cutting edge research, practical applications and their implications, ideas and speculation about future directions for UX, and reviews of books and publications of interest to UX professionals. Interested writers should review our instructions for authors before submitting articles online at http://weaveux.org/submit.
- The Dialog Box, a new kind of review section. Weave's Dialog Box aims to extend beyond the traditional book review section and feature critical dialog not only with books but with other media that set the boundaries of library UX. Because we aim to encourage creativity, our submission requirements are flexible. But all Dialog Box features will start from and engage an existing “artifact” relevant to library UX. Interested writers should review our Dialog Box submission requirements before sending pitches to email@example.com.
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Unless otherwise noted, all content in Weave UX is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) in order to allow for the greatest possible dissemination of our authors’ work. If this license would prevent you from publishing in Weave, then please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why a Journal of Library User Experience?
As the importance of digital services begins to rival that of collections, library user experience is taking a more central role than ever. While new jobs are being created for User Experience librarians and some departments are being renamed “User Experience” teams, there is still no comprehensive, rigorous publication for library UX professionals to share with and learn from their colleagues. Weave is intended to fill that gap. Weave helps practitioners and theorists come together to make libraries better.
Who is WeaveUX?
What is your Editorial Philosophy?
We're glad you asked. As User Experience practitioners ourselves, we used core UX research techniques to help shape the direction of the journal.
Weave Makes Libraries and User Experience (UX) Practitioners better.
Weave’s primary purpose is to provide a forum where practitioners of UX in libraries (wherever they are, whatever their job title is) can have discussions that increase and extend our understanding of UX principles and research. This is our primary aim: to improve the practice of UX in libraries, and in the process, to help libraries be better, more relevant, more useful, more accessible places.
Weave is theoretical and practical
Practitioners need to constantly re-examine the role, principles, and practice of UX in libraries. Weave should be a forum where people can do that, so the editors strive for a balance of theoretical and practical material. We want discussions of specific techniques and how to do them, but we also want to see discussions of why we are doing what we are doing and debates on the best way to do it.
Weave is for practitioners...and that means you!
Weave’s intended primary audience consists of people in libraries who are using or are interested in using UX. That means not only people whose job title or primary areas of responsibility are UX-related, but anyone at all who has an interest or stake in improving library experience for users, and that should include everyone who works in a library, from administrators to instruction librarians to catalogers.
Weave is experimental
User Experience as a field is relatively new, and even more so in libraries. Because of that, aside from the grounding principles in this document, and the rules that govern the actual editorial and peer-review process, we try not to have too many rules and strictures. We try things. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Those of us involved in creating and running Weave would like to take some risks with this journal, and try some things that might be unorthodox.
Weave is not just about the web
In some quarters UX is still viewed narrowly as analyzing web metrics and web usability testing. Those are great things and necessary to practicing UX, but UX has extended far beyond the web and so should our conversation. We should be talking about applying UX in physical spaces and in any other context where it might be useful.
Weave publishes material of significance to libraries
The primary focus for this journal is the practice of UX in the library setting. However, there is a lot of important work in UX happening outside libraries, and people working in libraries need to understand the broader UX picture as well if they are going to do the best work possible. The Editorial Board feels strongly that Weave should be library-focused, but not library-centric, and that the editors should consider submissions that would be of benefit to libraries even if they are not about libraries.
Weave is Open-Access
The Weave editorial board believes that the impediments to information seeking, retrieval, and use posed by restrictive licensing and misuse of copyright are among the greatest challenges in the field of library user experience. Therefore, our standard license for authors is a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) in order to allow for the greatest possible dissemination of our authors’ work. More information about this can be found in our submission guidelines. In addition, the editors strive to make Weave’s publishing process as transparent as possible, both to authors and the readership.
Weave includes both scholarly and non-scholarly material
Important conversations about UX can take a variety of forms, and the traditional peer reviewed article is only one of them. Weave does publish research material, for which we use a traditional double-blind peer review process. But the editors UX also publish non-scholarly pieces in a variety of formats. UX For more information, see our submission guidelines.
Examples of what we are looking to publish include but are not solely limited to:
- Discussions of UX research methods (ethnographic study, usability testing, eyetracking, datamining, etc.) and when, where, and how it’s best to use them (or when, where, and how it isn’t!).
- Monitoring and measuring the impact of UX work.
- Case studies of UX techniques in the field, especially where those studies link the specific case to overarching issues in UX research.
- Pontification on the future of UX: where are we going? UX Where should we be looking? UX How should we be thinking about UX?
- Library assessment and how it relates to UX techniques, principles, and research.
- Arguments for and against general UX principles and theory: what do they look like? UX When and where do they apply?
- Discussions of how UX research and practice in other fields should or should not impact the practice of UX in libraries.
- Critique and discussion on the role of UX in libraries, including trends in hiring and creating UX positions and how UX positions and the work they do are seen by others.
- Methods for developing and executing content strategies, on the web or elsewhere.